New flavors has prompted smokers to shift to e-cigarettes in the recent days. A number of people believe that e-cigarettes are less harmful as compared to normal cigarettes. However, medical practitioners and analysts disagree with this precept on several grounds. A recent research points to increased risks of cardiovascular diseases due to consumption of e-cigarettes. The research conducted at Stanford University’s School of Medicine gives key insights related to smoking of e-cigarettes. Electronic cigarettes are blended with flavouring liquids that mellow down the smoking strength. However, the researchers also found these liquids to increase the risk of cardiac problems. The research has created ripples across several organisations that run smoking cessation campaigns.
Effect on Endothelial Cells
Researchers studied the impact of e-cigarette liquids on endothelial cells present inside the blood vessels. Further, they found that these liquids significantly damaged the inner lining of the blood vessels. Furthermore, the liquids were also responsible for the ultimate death of the blood cells. The researchers concluded that e-cigarette liquids inhibited the migration of cells which in turn restricted wound-healing. Hence, even in the absence of nicotine, e-cigarettes could severely impact human health. Menthol and cinnamon are amongst the most harmful flavours for the cardiovascular health of individuals.
The researchers stated that the new study helped them in discovering the impact of e-cigarettes on endothelial cells. They further asserted that e-cigarettes are not a viable alternative for cigarette smoking. The research could be a landmark in ensuring that e-cigarettes receive as much flak as normal cigarettes.